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Taryn Wiens

Designer

Taryn Wiens joined NBW in September 2020, not long after receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. At UVA, Taryn’s research focused on engaging time-based land practices (ecological management, agricultural activities, cultural rituals, etc.) as primary mediums of design. Her thesis was grounded on these practices and human-soil relations and soil care in the contested Lost River Subbasin of Oregon and California. She was an LAF Olmsted Scholar and received the Architecture School’s Edgar J. Shannon Award, along with an ASLA certificate of Honor, the Howland Traveling Fellowship and two VA ASLA commendation awards. Taryn edited issue 14 of UVA’s design research journal LUNCH and co-organized the 2019 Howland Panel Equity In & By Design. She was involved in establishing ManifestA, UVA’s student organization for equity in design. She has been invited to present at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and to moderate an ASLA webinar on novel ecosystems. Informed by her background producing contemporary art exhibitions and working on sheep farms, Taryn's work as a landscape designer is driven by a desire to elevate voices of plants, soil, people and histories that have been ignored or exploited, and to put these voices in generative conversation with one another to guide landscapes forward.